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Beautiful Engagement Photos In a Field - Rhode Island Lifestyle Photographer

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Mmmmmm, mmm, mmm, mmmm, MMMMM, I tell you!!

Boy am I sure psyched to finally share these photos with you.  (I got very much behind on blogging photo sessions during the wonderful craziness of last fall!  Many more fabulous updates to come!)

But this one.  This is a very special shoot, you see.  It is special because our family is GROWING.  We are growing to include this downright spectacular LOVE of a man named Matt who sure does already feel like family to us.

He IS already family to us.  Next October, we'll just be tying up the legal ends of that equation.

Not to brag, but the first time I won the sibling-in-law lottery was when I married my husband and gained two soul sisters:  Maggie and Audrey.  The second was when my blood sister married P-Diddy.  And now.

NOW I HAVE DONE AND WON IT AGAIN, FOLKS!

We love you, Matt and Maggie.

Wishing you all the love and all the light for your many wonderful years ahead.

I would say how much fun it was to do this shoot with you, but I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

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Above:  my fav.  :)  We're saving a couple of their favs to be revealed in the Save-the-Date cards!

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Above:  I cannot help but smile giantly when I look at that one.

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Above:  Stop it.  Just stop it with your wonderfulness.

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Above:  YOW to the ZAS.  Just LOOK at her light.  BAM!

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Now tell me:  WHICH SHOT IS YOUR FAVORITE??  :)

with love and light

with love and light

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Announcing Awesomeness:  Last-Minute Holiday Mini-Sessions

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Announcing Awesomeness: Last-Minute Holiday Mini-Sessions

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Announcing...

Awesomeness.

Hey, now.  We* have some big news up in here today.

Firstmost, if you're reading this, it's because either you've hired me in the past, or you're interested in possibly hiring me, or we share DNA and you are thereby obligated to receive my emails forevermore.

Either way, thank you.  Thank you for being wonderful.  And thank you for believing in me.

Which brings me to the exciting tidings of today...

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BAM.

Mini-sessions**.

And Good LAWD, are they ever a deal.

Let's discuss.

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What You Want.

Based on feedback.

It's November.  Nat King Cole is already on the radio singing about which way he prefers to roast his chestnuts.***  You know the holidays will be here any minute and you've already inserted your palm into your forehead because you MEANT to book a photo session when it was warmer.

I hear ya.

I know you still DO want to book that full session next year, and you're saving your pennies for that.

In the meantime, you just need one good photo of your family (or your kids, or yourself) for a holiday card.  Or for a frame at home.  And one at the office.  Maybe you want a couple other prints for gifts for Grandparents.

Let's do this thing, my good people.

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How Will It Work?

You meet me at a tree farm in South County.  We'll bang out 20 minutes of good fun and photos.

Maybe you tag a tree afterwards.  If your holidays don't involve bringing perfectly good trees into your home, maybe you can just enjoy the great outdoors afterwards.

Maybe grab a hot chocolate.

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Then What?

Magic, that's what.

Within a week of the session, I'll post 15-20 GORGEOUSO images in a private online gallery for ya.

You pick your fav.

From that favorite photo, I will then give ya:

  • Three gift prints, 8x10 or smaller.
  • 25 Holiday Cards
  • THE DIGITAL FILE.  So you can print it as many times as you want.  Pepper your walls with them and such.  Or use 'em as gifts, if that's more your flavor.  Digital files are usually priced at a premium!

The whole package is a $545 value.  But I'm offering it for $195.

It's a holiday MIRACLE, is what it is.

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What If I Want to Buy More?

Can I do that?

A couple of people have asked me this question and each time, I have sniffed their breath to ascertain whether they were drunk.

If you would like to purchase more prints or use additional images, I will be happy to allow that.  I'll even offer discounted rates, in keeping with this holiday theme.

But in all seriousness, thank you for asking.

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How Do I Reserve My Spot?

It's easy-peasy.  (Lemon-squeezy.)

  1. Hurry up.
  2. Email me.  (bethany@bethanyo.com)
  3. Pay the online invoice I send you.
  4. Relax.  You're in.

Due to the nature of time being what it is, I have to limit how many clients I can take on that day.

I want you to be amongst them.

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Why Mini-Sessions Are the Answers to Your Holiday Wishes.

I'mma tell you.

Because they're not only useful for holiday cards.

They're useful for gifts, too.

Not sure what to get Gramma this year?  Get her a photo of you.  It will make her smile the whole year through, which officially makes it the gift that keeps on giving.

Better buy her a few.  Life-sized, if you're festive.

You do like to make Gramma smile, don't you?

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Who Should Consider a Mini-Session?

Families.  Couples.  INDIVIDUALS.  Children.  Your pet already tried to sign up.

Namely, any consumers of oxygen would be suitable for a mini-session.  But only if said consumer of oxygen enjoys photos that are so beautiful that they blow that consumer's hair back.

Should you find yourself to be someone who A) consumes oxygen but B) does NOT enjoy having your hair blown straight backwards by viewing kick-ass photography, then I would kindly suggest that you refrain from booking a mini-session with me.

Sessions can include up to four people per time slot; additional persons/animals/creatures are $25 each.

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Good News for Recent Clients, too.

You will not be left out of the fun, my Lovely Peeps!

For anybody I have photographed in 2013, I'm offering the same 30% off prints and canvases (and 15% off holiday cards) to you, too.

Because I love ya.

And also because I want you to see how stunning canvases look on your walls.  Which will inevitably lead you to buy more of them next year.

Kinda like a crack dealer, giving away the first hit of crack to get you coming back for more.

I know what you're thinking:  nothing says "holidays" like conjuring images of crack dealers.

You're welcome.***

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Don't Forget!!

These sessions are limited and are expected to sell out.

So if you want first dibs on a spot, fling me an email.  ASAP, home-fry.

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Hold Up.  Just a Second.

It's the Holidays.  So Let's Share the Love.

Can you think of two (just TWO) people who might be interested in this opportunity, or in my photography services in general?

Think of them in your head now.  I'll wait.

Okay.  Now can you please forward this email to those two people?

I can't tell ya how much I'd appreciate that.

In return for your kindness, I will send YOU--immediately--18 certified good karma points and 1 MILLION virtual kisses.

Thank you, kind soul!!!!!

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Important Footnotes.

*      "We" = "I."

**     Some of the photos in this email were taken during regular sessions, not mini-sessions.  If you want to view photos from the mini-session day I did back in June, click here or here.

***    Made ya look.

Thank you for being you.  Thank you for the unique light you bring to this world.  And thank you for your interest in my photography!

I so hope to hear from you soon.

With love and light

With love and light

Remember:  Santa's Watching!

So Don't Forget to share this!  :)

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Portsmouth Maternity Session: Rhode Island Maternity Photographer

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These radiant, expecting parents were referred to me by another photographer (Kath Connerton - who was on maternity leave at the time.)  What an honor and a compliment to get a referral from another photographer!  Thank you, Kath!!  :)

These parents-to-be came all the way from Southern Connecticut for their session.  I knew I would like them when they pulled up to the beach in Portsmouth, RI, honking their horn enthusiastically.

Enjoy their photos!

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This candid moment turned out to be one of their (and my) favs.

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…And taking this last picture was when the idea for an in-the-water session was born.

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I also put the following two templates together as options for them to use for baby shower thank-you cards.

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What's your favorite photo from this session?  I always love feedback!  :)

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Sunset Photo Session in a Field: Rhode Island Family Photographer

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One of the other arguments against mini-sessions is that you simply can't give every client the sunset slot.

Sunset light is so very yummy.

I met Meghan through my friend Bonnie and I think Meghan and I might be soul-sisters.  I feel like I have known her forever.  And by "forever" I mean "since before I was born."

What a beautiful soul she is.

If you are curious about the thought-process that went into planning these mini-sessions, check this out:  this session was featured on Spark, an inspirational website for photographers!  :)

To see more photos from other sessions on this mini-session day, see my previous post!

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What's your favorite photo from this session?  :)

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Mommy and Me Mini-Sessions: Rhode Island Family Photographer

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Back in June I ran a promotion for a Mommy and Me mini photo session day.

It was an awesome opportunity to meet new clients, make new friends, spread the word about my business, and build my portfolio.  Each family who came that day truly touched my heart, and I am so grateful to have met them.

Will I do it again?  This, I am not sure.

I am still navigating this photography business thing.  Here are a few thoughts factoring into my thought-process regarding mini-sessions:

1)  They are a good thing for the reasons above, and for serving clients who have either recently had a full photo session and want updates or for working with potential clients who either want to "try" my services at a lower financial commitment or who don't have the budget for a full session.

2)  Many fellow photographers and industry experts discourage the idea of mini-sessions because they encourage clients to wait for a "deal," can devalue your work in the eyes of clients, and can lead to the all-too-common "photographer burn-out."

3)  On a more personal note, how do mini-sessions affect ME?  The reason *good* photography is not cheap is because there is a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work involved.  Was the sudden barrage of a very heavy workload good for my life balance?  Do I feel I can put forth my best product when we only have 30 minutes to shoot?  (Often we are just getting warmed up at the 30-minute mark.)  How does decreasing my rates affect my self-esteem?

I intend to build this business around honesty, authenticity and openness.  So those thoughts are me being real with you.

If you want to weigh in on this debate, I'd love your opinion.

Okay, on to the photos!  :)

(Many thanks to my fabulous and oh-so-helpful assistant, Audrey, for all of her helpful help that day!!)

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First up was the incredible Kelly LaChance Guertin of Bellani Maternity.  Kelly has been such a valuable resource for pregnancy and parenting information for me over the last five years; it was an honor to photograph her with her dynamic, kind, intelligent children.

Kelly recently won a few awards for being an outstanding businesswoman in Rhode Island.  If you're a parent, regardless of whether you're local, you'll want to be a part of the Bellani community.  Here's their facebook page.

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Next up was the fun and lovely Bridget, whom I met for the first time that day by means of a mutual friend.

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Isn't it wonderful how good people have a way of connecting you with good people?

My fav of these photos is the bottom right.  Aint nothin' like the safety of a Momma's arms, especially at this age.

I love capturing that bond.

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I mean honestly.  These two!!!  BAM!  BAM!  BAM!  One great shot after another.

Jenn and I were in high school and at Boston College together; it was so nice to see her again.

Such an effervescent soul, she is.  Baby, too.  (OBS!)

I so appreciate the passion and enthusiasm Jenn brings to her online business as well.  Wellness Enthusiasts:  check her out!!

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I met the kind and loving Lindsay thanks to a friend sharing my mini-session announcement on Facebook.

These are the joys of Facebook.  (Thank you, friends!)

Hard for me to choose a favorite here.  I think I'd go with the one above, and the top two in the grid below, since their emotions are so unharnessed.

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Mike was a random passerby who asked me to take a photo of him with his dog when I was in-between sessions that day.

He really loves that pup.

"Fred" is an awesome dog name.

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I used to think it sounded very southern when people used the word "dear" to describe a friend, but I can think of no better word to describe my dear friend Linsey.

The shot of her two boys snuggling together below is one of my fav photos ever.

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We did

one other mini-session that day

, which I'm going to share as its own post because the light was so very magical.

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If you want to weigh in on my mini-session debate from the top of this blog post, I'd love to hear your thoughts.  

Any favs from these pics?  :)

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Playing Catch-Up:  Rhode Island Family, High School Senior, Headshot Photographer

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Playing Catch-Up: Rhode Island Family, High School Senior, Headshot Photographer

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I said I would start posting recent photo sessions to my web page.  I'm going to do that with photos from Aug 2013 forward, but there are some photos from the previous year that I couldn't bear to scrap.

Here they come.

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(The photo above was not from an official photography session, but I love how it captures my mother-in-law and her sister:  eyes closed and all.  It's a real moment.  That, to me, is beautiful.)

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Last fall, my friend Kaila Wilcox needed headshots for her website; she is a therapist in Boston.

In executing this shoot, it was important to me to show how approachable Kaila is.  When someone visits her website, I want them to know that she is a kind and vibrant soul who is incredibly easy to speak with.

The photos, in my opinion, needed to be professional without being stiff; relaxed without being unprofessional.

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The second photo above is obviously too relaxed for a professional headshot, but I love it to pieces so there it is.   :)

A client of Kaila's recently told her that, in choosing between two psychologists for his child, he chose Kaila because of her photo.

Headshot WIN!

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My cousin James needed senior photos last year, and his high school's requirements were specific.  Gray background.  Black and white.  Chest and shoulders only.

BAM.  We got that shot, then had fun capturing James' love of skateboarding.

For what it's worth, my aunt told me the shot on the left is her favorite photo she's ever seen of James.  Because that's his real smile.

That comment--and the photo--make ME smile!  :)

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Last year, another of my aunts wanted to surprise my uncle with photos of their sons for Christmas.

The headshots above touch my heart.  These are their real smiles.  These are my cousins.

The photo below was my aunt and uncle's favorite of the three boys:

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And these were two of my favorites:

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That session marked my first canvas order.  The individual head shots look INCREDIBLE as square 16x16 canvases, and the 24x36 canvas of the three boys is a jaw-dropping focal point in their living room.

If I do say so myself.

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This spring, these two spring chickens celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary:

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As an anniversary gift, their three daughters (left) hired me to do a relaxed photo session of their extended family (right.)

I felt like a part of their family by the end of the day.  What fun we had!

The photo on the bottom right is now a 24x36 canvas hanging in their parents' house.  I received a handwritten letter (*happy sigh*) from their mother this summer, telling me how much she loves looking at that photo when she steps out of her bedroom every day.

Here was one more of my favs from that session:

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Finally, a family session this spring.

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Bonnie is one of the first Momma-friends I made when I became a mother.  We had been talking about doing photos together for a while.  I'm so glad it worked out this spring!

The photo below of Bon with her three kids is one of my favorites ever.  So real, so true!

She is one inspiring Momma:  let me tell you what.

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Two more of my favs from that shoot:

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Sweet sauce!  Those are some of the photos I just couldn't bear to keep off the blog.

Up next:  some mini-sessions from June!

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Did you like these photos?  Any favorites?  :)

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